The human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine has been offered to girls in Scotland from S1 since 2008. From academic year 2019/20, the HPV vaccine will be offered to S1 boys as well.
This is because the evidence now shows that the HPV vaccine helps protect both boys and girls from HPV-related cancers.
Immunisation helps protect against the HPV virus, which can lead to cancers such as:
- head and neck cancers
- cervical cancer (in females)
- anogenital cancers (e.g. anal and penile (penis) cancer, cancer of the vagina and vulva).
For more info see:- HPV vaccine